County takes over old highway 50

On old Highway 50 (now Lookout Trail), approaching McGirk from the east, the intersection with Route PP has been improved for safety. Traffic must now take a slight curve at the intersection.

On old Highway 50 (now Lookout Trail), approaching McGirk from the east, the intersection with Route PP has been improved for safety. Traffic must now take a slight curve at the intersection. Photo by David Wilson.

Moniteau County is now in charge of road maintenance for old Highway 50 from the city limits of California to the Cole County line and Route PP.

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On Route PP at McGirk, the distance between the railroad tracks and the stop sign at Lookout Trail (old Highway 50) has been increased for safety and a right turn lane added.

According to Moniteau County Presiding Commissioner Kenny Kunze, the documents have been signed by the concerned parties for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)to turn maintenance responsibilities over to the county road crews for the above mentioned stretch of old Highway 50, now called Lookout Trail, and Route PP north of McGirk.

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The State Street rail crossing in McGirk is now closed by locked gates. They can only be opened in case of an emergency.

Road resurfacing and improvements to the old highway's intersection with Route PP were completed before the changeover.

For more of this story check out the Jan. 25 issue of the California Democrat.

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